It’s now legal to smoke recreational marijuana in Washington State, but what about growing hemp? Hemp and marijuana both come from the same cannabis plant, but according to author Doug Fine, the age-old ban on marijuana use has undermined the bountiful possibilities of hemp. His latest book, Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, highlights the many uses of hemp, making a case for what could be the next cash crop. He traces the plant’s use, from the paper used for early drafts of the Declaration of Independence, to more modern occurrences such as hemp-powered limos in Denver. He travels the country to learn about the agricultural, recreational, and very practical uses of hemp today. Adding hemp to our agriculture would offer more sustainable fuel options, restore soil nutrients, and most importantly, offer a giant boost to the economy. Fine is also the author of Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution and Farewell My Subaru.
Thanks to: Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company
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